Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Freshly Made Sketches #429

It's Wednesday (and April - yay!), and that means a new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches! I have the pleasure of hosting today, and have designed a layered sketch for you to try! 

I started by choosing my butterflies - I have had these three remaining from a set of six forever, and decided they needed to make an appearance on a card. April has always been a month of hope to me (spring and Easter and all), and I decided butterflies would be perfect for April 1st.



I then chose three DOX colors to compliment the butterflies: Shaded Lilac, Twisted Citron and Scattered Straw. I used a stencil to blend the circles. I then chose some patterned paper in my stash to match, and one of the sentiments from Simon Says Stamp's All The Thanks.

I hope you will join us with your take on the sketch this week! Our challenge is open until 3 PM EDT on Monday, April 6. Click on the links on the FMS blog by each photo to see what lovely things my teammates have created on their blogs!


Other Challenges:

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Guest Designing with the Color Throwdown!

It's April 1st in the East and that means that I am honored and super excited to be guest designing with the Color Throwdown this month! This week Lori is our hostess and she has some beautiful colors for us to play with: pink, gray, green and kraft.

I chose the beautiful Wildflower Background from Taylored Expressions, and paired it with the Hello Word Die from Picket Fence Studios. I watercolored my flowers after stamping with VersaFine Clair Morning Mist. I cut the word die out of vellum and a pink watercolor panel. I added some Kaiser Chino pearls to the flower centers for my "kraft" color. 


Now it's your turn to play along over at the Color Throwdown Challenge. Be sure to also visit with each of the CTD Design Team members and leave them some love:











Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Freshly Made Sketches #428

It's Wednesday, and that means a new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches! Today's hostess is Amy. I am thankful for this distraction and that I have this crafting hobby to take my mind off of the events of the world.

I always love a sketch with a circle. As soon as I saw it, I knew I wanted to do a kind of spotlight with the new tulip set from Picket Fence Studios



I used my Blender Brushes and Mustard Seed DOX ink to create the spotlight circle, then stamped my tulips and sentiment from EARLY TULIP BOUQUET with Nocturne ink. I added a few purple rhinestones to match the mat cardstock and for a spring color combination.


The inside has some cute gingham and one of the sentiments from the set: "flowers are the earth providing a new perspective." I tore the end of one side for interest.


What do you think? Just for visiting and leaving a comment, you will be entered into my little giveaway! I have a Thank You stamp and Black Hybrid ink pad to give away randomly to a commenter!
You can see those products in the first two links below!

I hope you will join us with your take on the sketch this week! Our challenge is open until 3 PM EDT on Monday, March 30. Click on the links on the FMS blog by each photo to see what lovely things my teammates have created on their blogs!


Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Using Your Stencil as the Focal Point

Hello friends!
I am thankful for crafty friends all over the world, and for having this amazing hobby that I can work on during these days!

Today I am sharing one of the new stencils at Visible Image Stamps called RENAISSANCE. It is absolutely gorgeous. I love the detail and pattern. Because it's so pretty, I am making it the focal point of my card.



I used Shaded Lilac DOX ink and blended the ink to a fade out with a blender brush. I stamped the beautiful sentiment from the new Happy Birthday set in the corner with VersaFine Clair Nocturne ink, and the rest of the sentiment inside. I added a quartet of purple rhinestones from my stash to the center.



Check out the entire Visible Image February Release HERE. You can find links to the products I used below. Thank you for stopping by!



Challenges:

Sunday, March 22, 2020

Let's Decorate A Cake!

Cake decorating is such an amazing art. I am in awe of those of you that can pipe beautiful designs, and in awe of those TV shows where cakes are ridiculously not like a cake!

But -- I do love stamping and decorating cakes -- especially when it's so easy to do with LET'S DECORATE from Picket Fence Studios! I have two cards to share using this set. First up is pink - my favorite color.



I made my background of circles first, using Spun Sugar and Picked Raspberry Distress Oxide Ink and a small 2 1/2" circle stencil from PFS. I stamped my cake and flower decor separately with VersaFine Clair Nocturne, colored with Copics, and then cut out using the coordinating dies. The sentiment is from CHEAT DAY, also from PFS. A few sequins from the same color family, and it was ready to go. I used Silver Metallic cardstock for my background for a party atmosphere. Links to the products are below.


The next card uses colors from the Color Throwdown! I used just the corners of the QUATREFOIL BOUQUET stencil with Abandoned Coral DOX and colored the cake and stand with Copics. Some patterned paper for an added layer, and this second card is a peachy beauty!

Challenges:
Color Throwdown #585
2 Sisters On The Blog - #37 - Dots and/or Stripes